Auburn tree-poisoning suspect gets psychiatric test

Harvey Updyke arrives to court in Opelika, Ala., for jury selection in the Auburn tree-poisoning case. (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News)

Harvey Updyke arrives to court in Opelika, Ala., for jury selection in June in the Auburn tree-poisoning case. (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News)

A University of Alabama fan accused of poisoning oak trees two years ago at Auburn University is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, which could delay his Oct. 1 trial, according to an Alabama news report.

Harvey Updyke, 64, has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to multiple charges after admitting on a radio call-in show that he committed the crime on the Tigers’ campus in 2010.

A week ago, Updyke was arrested again in Hammond, La., for allegedly promising to “come back and take care of everyone” after he argued with a Lowe’s store over a refund for a returned lawnmower.

According to the Ledger-Enquirer, Updyke surrendered for psychiatric testing at an Alabama state mental facility on Thursday after his bond was revoked in the tree-poisoning case because of his arrest on a terrorizing charge in the home improvement store incident.

Updyke’s lawyers has asked the Lee County judge hearing the tree-poisoning case to delay the trial to give them more time to prepare a defense. A mental evaluation also could take weeks, the newspaper reported, quoting a court official. Defense attorneys also want the trial moved out of Auburn due to media attention.

Police say Updyke used a powerful herbicide on oak trees in Toomer’s Corner. The Tigers had defeated Alabama 28-27 during the 2010 football season.

44 comments Add your comment

Randy

September 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

Free Updyke! Roll Damn Tide!

Spoiler

September 27th, 2012
4:21 pm

He’s not mad, he’s just mean.

Momcat

September 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

Mean and stupid. That’s a bad combination.

Fred

September 27th, 2012
4:32 pm

Those AuBARN cheaters got what they deserved. Atta boy Harvey! RMFT!

Lisa

September 27th, 2012
4:35 pm

“Those Bama fans sure have a lot of class!”, said no one ever.

they must be so proud

September 27th, 2012
4:37 pm

Hilarious…This is your typical Bamard. They’re all RETARDS

Dean Wormer

September 27th, 2012
4:38 pm

“fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life”

Seriously?

September 27th, 2012
4:39 pm

I’m a lifelong Bama fan and worked with the team, and I deplore the actions taken by this sad man. Only a moron would say it was good for him to do that. If he needs mental evaluation (and I agree that he does), then those of you who support him need it too. It’s a game. And if you act like little children, “they deserved it,” you have none of the class and good sportsmanship which Coach Bryant engendered. Be ashamed of yourselves.

Dean Wormer

September 27th, 2012
4:40 pm

He actually has a shirt without a fat elephant or an “A” on it?
Must be growing up

Milton

September 27th, 2012
4:41 pm

typical barners using Harvey as a escape goat for they’re NCAA investigation. TICK TOCK!

Swami sees no national championship for circus elephants this year

September 27th, 2012
4:44 pm

Updyke is so stupid, he couldn’t pass the coloring book test to get in Bamalama

Swami sees no national championship for circus elephants this year

September 27th, 2012
4:45 pm

Where’s the dead, redneck coach when you need him? Oh yeah, he’s dead.

face the truth

September 27th, 2012
4:50 pm

News alert to Bama fans……The old, redneck coach is still dead. About 30 years. The worms and maggots have eaten him. And time for a new hat. Rats are chewing at yours.

Get some dentures

September 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

Bamards are so delusional, they don’t realize this is how the ENTIRE nation sees them….As a bunch of Harvey Updykes.

Fred

September 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

Seriously? – yes I too am a lifelong bama fan and just because you worked for the team and use big words like “engendered” doesn’t mean you’re any better than me (My gender is male by the way). I aint ashamed… I’m PROUD to be an alabama fan

AuGirl

September 27th, 2012
4:57 pm

Milton’s quote “typical barners using Harvey as a escape goat for they’re NCAA investigation. TICK TOCK!” is so riddled with errors; it does nothing to help his case. Once you get past all the grammatical errors, it STILL doesn’t make sense.

Poor guy…

Yudont Nomey

September 27th, 2012
4:58 pm

Sports fans are nuts. Kill a tree because of a ball game? Nuts!

bye bye

September 27th, 2012
4:59 pm

Best thing for bama (the college and state) is to get rid of saban, have a losing record in football, go on probation, and get a life. Try to enter the the 20th century. The nation understands you’re not ready for the 21st century yet.

Nate the Great

September 27th, 2012
5:01 pm

@ Fred

September 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

And so is Seriously?, the difference is you are a complete moron!!!

Most Bama fans have actually grown on me, but its people like you that make it hard for me not to have some preconceived notion that all Bama fans are ignorant rednecks with nothing better in life than having 18-22yo kids to cheer and jeer.

Milton

September 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

AuGirl, lets leave the football talk to the men

can't escape your roots

September 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

An Auburn person trying to correct someone…..how funny!
Last I checked, Auburn was part of that backward, cow pasture called Alabama.

Fred

September 27th, 2012
5:06 pm

Nate the Great – I am not a moron. How can you judge someone from a few comments they post on a news article? I have a good job, a degree from ITT Tech, a big family and lots of friends that prove you wrong

AuGirl

September 27th, 2012
5:07 pm

@Milton, thank you for further proving my point. I appreciate it. Keep the material coming!

WDE

color me red

September 27th, 2012
5:09 pm

It’s too easy and fun to make fun of a bamard….they’re the gifts that keep on giving to comedy

Anyone remember that?

September 27th, 2012
5:13 pm

Who’s was that crazy Bamard lady that 680 the Fan used to highlight with her insane Bama rants to a Birmingham radio station?

Anyone remember that?

September 27th, 2012
5:13 pm

Wonder if she married Harvey Updyke

jorato

September 27th, 2012
5:14 pm

Needs those shades to hide his hemorrhaging eyeballs. Bet he was fun driving in traffic.

No

September 27th, 2012
5:15 pm

Bammers don’t worry about Harvey going away-you’ve got a deep bench of morons just like him.

You embarrass us rednecks

September 27th, 2012
6:12 pm

Seriously, Bama fans. Put down the jug and cigarettes and read a book. You come across as some of the most ignorant fans in America. It is bad enough to have Alabama next to us, but you scream stupid at the top of your lungs. Focus on your schools, shave, sober up, take a shower and stop bringing shame to the South.

Tom

September 27th, 2012
6:29 pm

Go Dawgs! This is our year. We won’t poison Auburn’s trees either but we’ll put a whopping on the elephants this year. Mark my words and don’t let me know if you disagree. Let us VOTE!

Milton is an idiot

September 27th, 2012
6:34 pm

@Milton: What is an “escape goat?” Is that a goat that digs tunnels to get you out of prison? Leads you through a corn field maze to get out? Perhaps you mean a scapegoat?

Roadrunner

September 27th, 2012
6:43 pm

There’s few teams I care for less than Auburn, but destroying a magnificent old tree out of spite for the team that used it for celebrations is just ignorant. Crazy or just criminally stupid, no difference to me, lock his behind up for a long long time.

Paddy O

September 27th, 2012
7:07 pm

just put a shot gun in this guys mouth and pull the trigger.

zwih

September 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

Escape goat!!!!!! That made my day. Haha

Greg Camp

September 27th, 2012
9:18 pm

Needless destruction of trees, for any reason, is abhorrent. This is truly the act of a spiteful person and there is no real justification for it. Talk about RABID fans!

Really?

September 28th, 2012
12:14 am

The sad truth is most bama boys are just like that inbred sack of crap. In fact he might be slightly more classy than most tide fans.

Also “escape goat”??!!!! That is awesome because not one bama fan understands what makes it so hilarious.

Top Dawg

September 28th, 2012
6:29 am

Milton (9/27/12 @ 4:41 p.m.)

What is “a escape goat?”

Auburn Grad

September 28th, 2012
7:10 am

Most of the “fans” making stupid comments here likely haven’t even attended college, much less the particular school.

Lisa

September 28th, 2012
8:25 am

LOL Auburn Grad. To sum it up: I’m an Auburn fan because I have an AU diploma on my wall; you are an Alabama fan because you bought a Tshirt from Walmart.

Nacos

September 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

FEAR THE RED OUT!

UPDYKE FOR PRESIDENT!

SABAN IS GOD

Really?

September 28th, 2012
2:33 pm

@Lisa

Get your facts straight. When they buy that bama Tshirt they get a bama diploma free of charge.

59bulldawg

September 28th, 2012
3:39 pm

Is it true this dude used to be a state trooper?

BRboi

October 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

GEAUX TIGERS!!!

Curious George

October 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

Given his level of intelligence, ability to articulate a thought and decision-making processes, could it be that Harvey Updyke is actually Mike Vick’s biological father?